Washington State Route 26

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State Route 26 marker

State Route 26
Route information
Defined by RCW 47.17.110
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 133.61 mi[2] (215.02 km)
Existed: 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑90 near Vantage
  SR 24 in Othello
SR 17 in Othello
US 395 near Hatton
SR 261 in Washtucna
East end: US 195 in Colfax
Location
Counties: Grant, Adams, Whitman
Highway system
SR 25 SR 27

State Route 26 (SR 26) is a state highway in the Grant, Adams, and Whitman counties, in the U.S. state of Washington. It extends 133.61 miles (215.02 km) from Interstate 90 (I-90) east of the community of Vantage, east to U.S. Route 195 (US 195) in Colfax. SR 26 intersects SR 24, SR 17, US 395, and SR 261 before ending in Colfax. The route serves as a connector between Vantage, Royal City, Othello, Washtucna, La Crosse, and Colfax.[3]

SR 26 has its own spur route located in Colfax.[4] SR 26 from Vantage to Washtucna was Secondary State Highway 7C (SSH 7C) from an unknown date until 1964, Washtucna to Dusty was SSH 11B,[5] and from Dusty to US 195 in Colfax was US 295 from 1926[6][7] until 1967, when US 295 was removed from the system. That portion of SR 26 had also been part of State Road 3 from 1923 until 1937,[8] when State Road 3 was replaced by Primary State Highway 3 (PSH 3).[5] PSH 3 existed until 1964, when a highway renumbering occurred, which created SR 26.[1]

Route description[edit]

SR 26 runs 133.61 miles (215.02 km) from I-90 east of Vantage, east to US 195 in Colfax. The route links Vantage, Royal City, Othello, Washtucna, La Crosse, and Colfax, and intersects four highways: SR 24, SR 17, US 395, and SR 261 before ending at US 195.[3][9][10] WSDOT has found that about 5,400 motorists utilize the road daily at the intersection with First Street in Othello based on average annual daily traffic (AADT) data.[11]

SR 26 starts at I-90 east of Vantage, about 0.36 miles (0.58 km) east of the Vantage Bridge, where I-90 travels over the Columbia River, and the highway starts at the opposite side of the river from Ginkgo/Wanapum State Park.[2][12][13] From the interchange, SR 26 runs south to intersect SR 243 and then the highway turns east past Royal City and intersects SR 262 before entering the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and leaving Grant County to enter Adams County.[14][15][16]

After entering Adams County, SR 26 leaves the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and goes east to Othello and intersects SR 24 and SR 17.[15] From Othello, the road continues east to Hatton and intersects US 395 and SR 21. From the intersections, the highway goes eastward to Washtucna, where it intersects SR 261/SR 260 and dips to its southernmost point, about 4.3 miles (6.9 km) east of Washtucna, and then passes Hooper.[17] The road then exits Adams County and enters Whitman County.[18]

After entering Whitman County, SR 26 goes northeast towards La Crosse and the La Crosse Airport and then slightly turns east to Dusty. In Dusty, the road intersects the northern end of SR 127, former US 295 and then goes east and then northeast to Colfax and ends at US 195.[19][20]

SR 26 Spur[edit]


State Route 26 Spur
Location: Colfax[4]
Existed: 1970[1]–present

SR 26 Spur runs 0.07 miles (0.11 km) from SR 26 west of Colfax, east to US 195 in Colfax.[2] The route goes from SR 26, then crosses the Palouse River onto southbound US 195.[4][10][21] WSDOT has found that 3,200 motorists utilize the road daily.[11]

History[edit]

The shield of US 295.

SR 26 became a state highway during the 1964 highway renumbering, in which the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) replaced the previous system of Primary and Secondary Highways with a new system called State Routes, which is still in use today. Before the Primary and Secondary system, SR 26 in 1923 was part of State Road 3, which later became U.S. Route 295 (US 295) in 1926.[6][7][8] Later, in 1937, the route became parts of Secondary State Highway 11B (SSH 11B) from US 395, then known also as PSH 11, to PSH 3 / US 295 in Dusty, PSH 3 from Dusty to Colfax.[5] SSH 7C from I-90, then known as PSH 7 and US 10, to US 395, then known also as PSH 11, was added at an unknown time. Those highways became SR 26 in 1964,[1] and US 295 was later removed from the system of highways in 1967.

A couple of recent and current construction projects are occurring along SR 26. One of which, involves illuminating the highway's intersection with B SE, which was finished in 2008, and Reynolds Road, to be done in 2009, west and east of Othello, respectively.[22] Another project added a left turn lane at a dangerous intersection between SR 26 and South Thacker Road west of Othello.[23] The most major of the recent projects include the addition and demolition of ramps at the I-90 interchange.[24] Another minor project, a bridge fixing project, was completed in 2007, located northeast of Dusty and southwest of Colfax.[20][25]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Grant 0.000 0.000 I‑90 – Spokane, Seattle
1.02 1.64 SR 243 south to SR 24 – Yakima, Richland
25.32 40.75 SR 262 east
Adams Othello 40.57 65.29 SR 24 west – Yakima, Othello
42.58 68.53 SR 17 – Moses Lake, Pasco
60.93 98.06 US 395 – Spokane, Pasco
70.67 113.73 SR 21 – Lind, Kahlotus
Washtucna 83.07 133.69 SR 260 west / SR 261 – Ritzville, Kahlotus
Whitman Dusty 117.00 188.29 SR 127 south to US 12 – Walla Walla Former US 295
Colfax 133.61 215.02 US 195 – Spokane, Colfax, Pullman
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Washington State Legislature. "RCW 47.17.110: State Route 26". Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d Washington State Department of Transportation. "State Highway Log, 2006" (pdf). Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Google (September 25, 2008). "State Route 26 Overview Map" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Google (September 25, 2008). "State Route 26 Spur Overview Map" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Washington State Legislature (1937). "190". Session Laws of the State of Washington. Session Laws of the State of Washington (1937 ed.). Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via University of North Texas Libraries. 
  7. ^ a b Auto Road Atlas (Map). Rand McNally. 1926. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Washington State Legislature (1923). "185". Session Laws of the State of Washington. Session Laws of the State of Washington (1923 ed.). Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  9. ^ The Road Atlas (Map). Rand McNally. 2008. p. 109. § H13, H14, H15, H16, H17, H18, H19. ISBN 0-528-93961-0. 
  10. ^ a b Inland Empire (Map) (2007 ed.). G.M. Johnson. 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Washington State Department of Transportation (2007). "Washington Annual Average Daily Traffic Data" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2008. 
  12. ^ Google (September 27, 2008). "I-90 Map (Vantage to SR 26)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  13. ^ I-90 / SR 26 – Interchange Ramp Improvements Map (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  14. ^ Google (September 27, 2008). "SR 26 Map (I-90 to Grant/Adams County Line)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b SR 26 – Intersection Illumination Map (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  16. ^ SR 26 – Thacker Rd. West of Othello Project Map (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  17. ^ Google (September 27, 2008). "SR 26 Map (SR 261 to Southernmost point)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  18. ^ Google (September 27, 2008). "SR 26 Map (Adams County)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  19. ^ Google (September 27, 2008). "SR 26 Map (Adams/Whitman County Line to Colfax)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  20. ^ a b SR 26 – Relief Bridge Scour Repair Map (Map). Cartography by Tele Atlas. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  21. ^ The Road Atlas (Map). Rand McNally. 2008. p. 109. § H19. ISBN 0-528-93961-0. 
  22. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation. "SR 26 – Intersection Illumination Project". Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  23. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation. "SR 26 – Thacker Rd. West of Othello". Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  24. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation. "I-90 – SR 26 – Interchange – Ramp Improvements Project". Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  25. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation. "SR 26 – Relief Bridge Scour Repair". Retrieved October 3, 2008. 

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